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When do you use a few /few and a little/little ?
Some of my students have recently asked the differences.

The answer is yes, there are differences, apart from little being used for uncountable, and few for countable:

A) A little and a few are quantifiers meaning ‘some’

There are a few people in the café.

There is a little milk in the fridge.

B) Little and few have negative meanings. We use them to mean ‘not as much as may be expected or wished for’.

There are few eggs in the cupboard, so we can't have scrambled egg for breakfast.

There is little time, we can't have a proper chat today.

May 19, 2020 2:48 PM
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